Most Popular Dogs In The UK For 2018
The most popular dog breeds in the United Kingdom are German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Boxers and Bull Terriers. These are some of the top five most popular dog breeds in the country. They make up around 20% of all dogs registered with Kennel Clubs across England and Wales.
These are some of the most popular dog breeds in the United Kingdom:
German Shepherd Dog – Around 2 million of these dogs were registered in 2016. These are small, sturdy dogs that have been bred for protection and work. They’re known for their loyalty and affection towards humans. Their size makes them good guard dogs and they’ve even been used as search and rescue animals.
Rottweiler – Around 1.5 million Rottweilers were registered in 2016. These are large, powerful dogs that have been bred for hunting and guarding livestock. They’re known for their strength and speed, but they tend to be very loyal to their owners too.
Boxer – Around 800,000 Boxers were registered in 2016. These are medium sized dogs that have been bred for fighting skills and agility. They’re also known for their playful nature and affection towards humans. They have strong jaws and their signature move is the “Playbow”, where they get down on their front legs and beg with their eyes.
Bull Terrier – Around 500,000 of these dogs were registered in 2016. These are small but muscular dogs that have been bred for fighting. They’re known to be very friendly towards humans, but can be aggressive towards other dogs. They were originally bred for bull baiting before this was deemed inhumane.
Today these dogs are known to have a high prey drive and will chase rodents and other small animals relentlessly.
Most Popular Dog Breeds in the USA
These are some of the most popular dog breeds in the United States:
Labrador Retriever – The Lab or “Labbie” as they’re often called are one of the most popular dog breeds in America. They’re one of the most intelligent breeds and have a strong instinct to retrieve objects. Labradors are also one of the most easily recognized dog breeds.
German Shepherd – The German Shepherd or “GSD” as it’s often called is one of the most popular working dog breeds in America. These dogs have a long history as search and rescue animals as well as guard dogs. They’re also known to be very intelligent and obedient. Despite their long list of positive traits, they’re not recommended for first time dog owners due to their high amount of energy.
Golden Retriever – The Golden Retriever or “Goldie” is one of the most popular dog breeds in America for a number of reasons. They’re one of the most popular dogs and they’ve been bred as gun dogs since the 19th century in Scotland where they were initially used for retrieving waterfowl such as Ducks and Geese.
Poodle – The Poodle is one of the most popular breeds due to its high level of intelligence and their wide variety of skill sets such as hunting, retrieving, watchdogging, agility, performing tricks and healing. These dogs have been popular in royal and noble homes for centuries. Despite their long history as a useful dog, they’re not recommended as pets for first time owners due to their high amount of energy.
Boxer – The Boxer is one of the most popular dogs in America and it has the fourth highest amount of dog registrations in 2016. These dogs are very energetic and playful, but they can also be protective when necessary. Despite their high activity level, these dogs are agile meaning they’re not only good for guarding your home, but they also enjoy playing with children.
Rottweiler – The Rottweiler is one of the most popular dogs in America and it has the fifth highest amount of dog registrations in 2016. These dogs were bred in Rottweil, Germany, hence their name. They’re known to be excellent guard dogs due to their strength and intelligence. They bond closely to one or two masters they trust and will obey their orders above all else.
Pitbull – The Pit Bull is one of the most popular dogs in America, despite being one of the most misunderstood and restricted breeds in many countries and cities. It is actually a term that describes a few different breeds of dog, but is often used to generically describe any dog with similar traits. These dogs have a reputation for being hostile towards humans and other animals, but this image problem stems from their use in blood sports like ratting or baiting of other animals.
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